What is chafing?

What is chafing?

Chafing is a painful skin irritation caused by your skin rubbing against something.

Causes of chafing

Chafing is caused by the repeated rubbing of:

  • Skin against skin
  • Skin against clothing
  • Skin against another surface (for example, a bike seat)
Common locations of chafing

Chafing can occur anywhere but commonly occurs around the:

  • Thighs
  • Groin
  • Underarms
  • Nipples

Chafing can occur in men and women of any size.

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